Star Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller, who is currently serving a 6-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, is now set to fight his team’s ownership from recouping payment of his signing bonus. The Broncos are planning on reclaiming the $1.25 million from Von Miller once he returns to play.
Miller has already been paid the money from his team, so the organization plans on garnishing his wages until the amount is repaid in full. A legal battle is brewing over the issue, with Von Miller’s representatives convinced there was no agreement to withhold the money as a part of Miller’s suspension settlement.
League executives, however, seem to be coalescing around the Broncos on this issue, believing that this is how business needs to be done in the NFL. Miller was already set to lose $800,000 in game checks over the course of his suspension. If the Broncos are successful in withholding the signing bonus money, Von Miller’s total losses from the suspension will be over $2 million.